- "Rainforest Challenge 2013"

- "Rainforest Challenge 2013"
- Rainforest Challenge 2013
2012 10 "Rainforest Challenge 2012" (): .

Rules & Regulations (V 2012)

Contents
1. Event Format and Regulating Body
2. Vehicle Class and Scrutineering
3. Compulsory Equipment Vehicle /Recovery/Safety
4. Optional Equipment Recommended
5. Vehicle Specifications Qualification Criteria
5A. Body / Chassis 5 A2. Seat Belts 5 A3. Roll Cage
5B. Fuel / Air System/Engines
5C. Wheels and Tires
5D. Electrical System
5E. Winch & Related Equipment
6. General Rules
7. Environment
8. Advertising
9. Regulations for Special Stages
10. Special Stage Penalties
11. Scoring
12. Protest
13. Prohibited Behaviour
14. Sportsmanship
15. Media Crisis Management
16. Rights of Organiser
17. Indemnity

Any clarification or information required in regards to the rules and regulations laid down in the event can be obtained from:-

Luis J.A.Wee
Founder ⁄ Event Director of the Rainforest Challenge (RFC)
RFC SECRETARIAT
Future Oracle Sdn Bhd (708363−H)
Unit B1−27 1st Floor
Block B Megan Ambassy (Business Park)
225 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Tel : 603−2163 5908 603−2163 6908
Fax : 603−2163 0908
Cellphone : 6012−211 7080
Email : jawee@rainforestchallenge.com info@rainforestchallenge.com luiswee@yahoo.com

1. Event Format and Regulating Body
1.1. The Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia is an event, designed to bring four wheel drive enthusiasts together from around the world, with the ultimate aim of successfully completing an off-road adventure, competition and expedition event over 10 days in Malaysia. Special Stages are included to test drivers and riders to their limits in extreme off-road conditions. Event Stages are set as Follows
A). Prologue (Situated in Town Suburbs with Spectator Access
B) Predator Stage (Campsite by Fringe Jungles)
C) Terminator Stage (Jungle Campsite before entering Dense Jungle)
D) Twilight Zone (Expedition Stages Non-Timed, and scores awarded for completion.

1.2 This event is open to all 4-wheel drives, providing the vehicle currently or previously has been sold to the general public by the manufacturer. No prototype vehicles are allowed. No 4×4 Commercial Vehicles, Vans, Agricultural Vehicles are allowed. The event is also open to off-road motorbikes (Enduro), ATV (quads) and other off-road vehicles (like 6×6, etc) for competition aspects provided there are enough numbers to make up that particular class. Otherwise, they are allowed to participate as touring adventurers only.

1.3 Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), in providing the sanction and the Event Organizing Permit, will cover the public liability insurance of the event. Participants are advised to take up additional coverage on their own accord up to any limit of their choice.

1.4 The Special Stages (SS)
Competition stages results will determine the overall champions, 1st Runners up and 2nd Runners up in each class. Scoring will be a combination of elapsed time, less any penalties incurred by teams, as specified, in the competition rules.

1.5 SS will be varied, with a major emphasis on safety. The competition sections will be designed to test 4 wheel driving and recovery skills first and foremost. Special SS for Team Events comprising of two or more vehicles will also be included as and when it is decided by the competition committee. A separate Team Event Trophy will be awarded to the group with the highest points after completing all team SS.

1.6 Team Spirit Award will be judged by the competition committee, with individual competitors earning points on a daily basis for exceptional motivation, leadership skills and the ability to act on ideas to assist others, during times other than the SS.

1.7 The Jungleman Award, is a prestigious individual award of the Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia. This award is given any participant who shows outstanding combination of teamwork, survival, mechanical, 4 wheel driving, and recovery and outdoors skills during all aspects of the adventure.

1.8 The Environment Award is given to any participant or group of participants who show the most care and attention to the preservation of the environment, to promote the 4 wheel drive and off-road movement as a responsible user of public land.

1.9 Other awards are Most Unique 4×4, Ladies Team, Charlie Chandran Camaraderie Award and Special
Awards.

1.10 The authority on running the event will be the RFC Event committee selected by the Event Director. Event Committee will be headed by the Event Director. Members will include Competition Manager, Convoy Manager, Chief Scrutineer, Chief Scout, Chief Marshal, Press Liaison Manager and others appointed by the Event Director.

2. Vehicle Class and Scrutineering
2.1 There will be Eight (8) Classes and One(1) Overall Ranking as below :-
Up to 2000cc – Petrol or Diesel Engines not exceeding 2000cc
2001 to 3000cc Petrol Engines Over 2000cc not exceeding 3000cc
2001 to 3000cc Diesel Engines Over 2000cc not exceeding 3000cc
Above 3001cc Petrol or Diesel Engines exceeding 3001cc
Portal Axles Minimum 3 Entries Required to for Awards
Electric Winch Vehicles Running Dedicated Electric Winch. Vehicles fitted with a Non Electric Winch will not Qualify
PTO Winch Vehicles Running Dedicated PTO Winch. Vehicles fitted with a Electric Winch will not Qualify
Overall Ranking
Note 1 : The organizer reserves the right to amalgamate classes when the situation warrants.with prior notice to participants

Note 2 : All classes will qualify for the Overall Ranking (winners). Points will be accumulated in all the SS for the Overall Ranking irrespective of the classes and the type of winch used.

2.2 Vehicles and all equipment are required to be available for inspection (Scrutineering) at least 2 days prior to the start. A team representative must be present during these checks.

2.3 Vehicle must be presented in a ready to start condition including all compulsory equipment, Drivers Licenses, Insurance Papers, Registration Papers and any others, if required.

2.4 The Organizer will emphasize primarily on the safety of the vehicle and its condition in order to successfully complete the event. It is the competitors responsibility that the equipment is and self sufficient to complete the event. A second Scrutinizing will take place before the Twilight Zone (TZ) Stage, with emphasis on the condition of the vehicle with regard to the safety of the competitors during the Twilight Zone and the vehicle must qualify for the same. Any vehicles deemed not fit will run the risk of being excluded from stages.

3. Compulsory Equipment- Vehicle

3a. A 3 tonne (rated) tow point is required on both, the front and rear of the vehicle and must be securely mounted to the chassis by a minimum of two 12mm, or four 10mm, grade 8 (or equivalent) high tensile bolts. Tow Hooks Must be Painted in Red. Tow points can be mounted to a bulbar, if the bulbar is sufficiently strong enough to cope with a 3 tonne load.
3b. 4×4 Mechanism must be in Working Order
3c. All vehicles shall be fitted with a roll cage or roll bar that complies with a minimum of 4-point attachment is compulsory. A main Hoop of Min OD 45mm bar above the drivers head, and min 35mm OD hoop around the windscreen and both bars connected at both drivers side and passenger side is minimum requirement. They should also have a windscreen and the windscreen in upright position at all times
3d. Vehicle shall be fitted with a front recovery winch. (minimum 8000 lb or 4000kg rated capacity). Either Electric or PTO Driven.
3e. All vehicles must be fitted with an air intake snorkel

3f. Mud Terrain Tires must have at least 60% tread depth at the start of the event. Tires must be covered with mudguards to ensure that debris do not fly off the tire. It is compulsory for 1 spare wheel to be carried and be securely mounted on or inside the vehicle.

3g. Tire and wheel combinations are restricted to a maximum 40 diameter and 13.5 inches wide. Agricultural tyres of any type are not allowed.

3.1 Compulsory Equipment- Recovery

. Recovery Kit
Ground anchor
8000kg tree trunk protector
Snatch block
4 shackles to be rated at 3.25t or better (2 Bow/2 D)
2 x 1kg (dry weight) dampeners (500mm x 900mm recommend size)
Air Compressor- (Optional Recommended)

3.2 Compulsory Equipment-Safety

a. Competitors MUST wear certified crash helmets during SS, deemed acceptable by the chief scrutinizer. It is mandatory that a Helmet is worn during SS.

b. pair finger enclosed leather or material gloves

c. Full harnesses (4 point) must be fitted for all occupants, the minimum being a Four(4) Point Seat Belt Harness, and must comply with recognized European, American, Australian or FIA Standards.

d. The full harness must not be frayed, torn or damaged in any way.

e. Vehicles shall carry one 1.8kg or two 0.9kg operable dry powder fire extinguishers, mounted securely, within easy reach of the driver and co-driver.

f. A comprehensive First Aid Kit.

g. Proper Attire is required when participating in a stage, such as shoes, T-Shits (No Tank Tops) and Shorts (No Swimming Trunks)

4.0 Optional Equipment – Recommended

4.1 Shovel or hoe with fixed handle.

4.2 Waffle boards or Sand ladders.

4.3 Comprehensive tool kit to effect running repairs for the duration of the event.

4.5 Spare parts etc: fan belts, radiator hoses, oil, wheel bearings and filters.

4.6 Camp equipment: like stretcher, food, water, cooking equipment and rain cover/tarp and/or tents.

4.7 Spare winch cable/plasma rope, winch motor, solenoids to suit front winch.

4.8 Winch Extension

4.9 10 x Nos Garbage Bags

4.10 It is recommended that competition vehicles be fitted with a UHF (477 MHz) radio.

5. Vehicle Specifications Qualification Criteria

5A. Body ⁄ Chassis

5A.1 A) Chassis of a production type 4×4 vehicle and a bulkhead of a production type 4×4 vehicle is compulsory to QUALIFY FOR ENTRY. (A production figure of min 100 vehicle of its specification)
5A.1 B) All Vehicles must have a fire wall between passenger compartment and the engine bay.
5A.1 C) Any Equipment that is relocated from the Engine Bay to other parts of the vehicle such must be separated by a firewall from the passenger compartment. RADIATORS AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS SUCH AS BATTERIES WITH FIRE HAZZARD OR BURN HAZZARD SHOULD BE SEPERATED FROM THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT.
5A.1 D) VEHICLES MUST HAVE A BONNET COVERING THE ENGINE AND ROTATING PULLEYS.
5A.1 E) The chassis cannot be lightened, but can be strengthened and modified to allow fitting of non-standard engines and suspension systems. Chassis that have been cut short must have adequate cross member reinforcement
5A.1 F) Doors must be fitted to all vehicles. Half doors are to be at least 150mm above the highest part of seat swab
5A.1 G) Wagons, dual cabs and open backed vehicles will have a metal cargo barrier fitted immediately behind driver and co-driver seats. Cargo barrier to be made of steel/alloy with a maximum opening of 50 x 50mm and be greater than, steel 2mm alloy 3mm in thickness. Cargo barrier is to be secured in at least 4 places. Clamps to secure barrier are allowed, cable ties, wires, webbings, ropes or cords are not allowed.
5A.1 H) All items carried in the vehicle must be secured adequately while the vehicle is in motion.
5A.1 I) A manufactures chassis must protrude past the furthest front as well as rear suspension component.

ALL MODIFICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY CHIEF SCRUTINEER, AND IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES ARE FOLLOWED.

A Competition Vehicle should be able to be identified as a Declared model and the following original sections or parts of the declared model will be onsidered as qualifying criteria
Front Grill with lights assembly
Engine Compartment and Bonnet
Driver and Passenger Cabin with A-Pillar, B-Pillar, Bulkhead, Doors, Roofs, Floorboard and Windscreen.
When seated in the Driver or Passenger Cabin, Any part of the Engine, Bell Housing, Gear Box, Transfer case, Components of the Drive Shafts or Propeller Shafts should NOT be visible.

5A2 SEAT BELTS -Full harnesses (4 point) must be fitted for all occupants, the minimum being a Four(4) Point Seat Belt Harness, and must comply with recognized European, American, Australian or FIA Standards. The full harness must not be frayed, torn or damaged in any way. Required for Both Driver and Co-Driver

Examples of Harnesses as below

The lap part of the harness must be secured to the floor pan behind the line of the seat back. The shoulder harness must be secured no lower than 100mm below the top of the seat back. Mounting bolts must be 10mm high tensile. Backing plates are to be fitted under floor pan for seat belt bolts

5A3 ROLL CAGE – Vehicles shall be fitted with a full Internal or External Roll Cage starting at the A pillar.

I) Station Wagons are required to be fitted with a 6-Point Roll Cage.

II) Utility, Tray or Double Cab Vehicles are required to be fitted with a 4-Point Roll Cage and a Roll Over Bar behind the passenger cabin in the Tray section of the vehicle. It is recommended that 2 forward braces from the main (B pillar) hoop to the floor be fitted on an internal roll cage.

III) Tubing used in the manufacture of the Roll Cage or Roll Bar the main hoop over the occupants head must be MINIMUM :
a) 45mm Outside Diameter (OD) seamless Steam pipe with 3mm wall thickness, or
b) 45mm OD Aluminium Alloy pipe with 5mm wall thickness or
c) 45mm OD Grade B seam welded Steel Pipe with 4mm wall thickness.

IV) All joints are to be full penetration butt- welded.

V) An Internal Roll Cage shall be mounted to the Floor-board of the cabin in four or six places by 100mm square plates of 5mm thick, either welded or bolted with high tensile 10mm bolts (4 perplate). Backing plates of the same size and thickness shall be used on the underside of the Floor-board of the cabin or body panels.

VI) An External Roll Cage shall be mounted directly or indirectly to the Chassis in four or six places by appropriate shaped plates of 5mm thick, either welded or bolted with high tensile 10mm bolts (4 per plate).Backing plates of the same size and thickness shall be used on the corresponding side of the mounting directly or indirectly to the Chassis.

VII) Roll cage structure must not obstruct front seat access nor encroach upon the area occupied by driver and co-driver.

VIII) Upper section of the roll cage or bracing must be fully protected with high-density foam or equivalent, of at least 15mm thickness. Hollow cylindrical pipe insulation may be utilized for this purpose.

IX) The Roll Cage and/or Roll Over Bar must be built to standard engineering practices.

Examples of Internal Roll Cage as below :

Examples of External Roll Cage as below :

5B. Fuel Air Systems/Engines

5B1 It is Compulsory that all competition vehicles must be fitted with an air intake snorkel

5B2 All vehicles must carry supplementary fuel Storage of 20 liters over and above normal capacity either in jerry cans or additional vehicle mounted fuel tanks. Jerry cans or fuel storage containers are not allowed to be stored on roof of vehicle. All fuel storage must be metal or an approved plastic container for cartage of fuel. The Chief Scrutineer/Competition Committee reserve the right to reject any fuel tank or fuel storage container that is deemed to be unsafe.

5B3 Any engine make or size can be used provided that it is legal and homologated in the country of manufacture or origin.

5C. Wheels and Tires

5C1 Tire and wheel combinations are restricted to a maximum 40 diameter.

5C2 Agricultural tyres of any type are not allowed.

5C3 Wheel chains of any type are not allowed during competition.

5C4 Tires must be of a mud type tread pattern and be classified for road use.

5C5 Tires must have at least 60% tread depth at the start of the event.

5C6 Wheel and tire combinations can protrude up to 45mm from the vehicle body, but must be accompanied by the use of 50mm flare material, extending the whole length of the wheel arch.

5C7 It is Compulsory for 1 spare wheel to be carried and be securely mounted on or inside the vehicle. However the spare wheel can be removed prior to an SS and be refitted only once the SS has been completed.

5C8 Mud flaps are required, on rear wheels only.

5C9 Competitors must complete the event and all SS, using the original tyres, as fitted to the vehicle at the time of scrutineering. Replacement tyre(s) are only allowed to be purchased if irreparably damaged during the event and after approval from The Event Director or Competition Manager

5D. Electrical System

5D1 It is Compulsory A mechanical battery isolation switch is fitted to the battery or batteries providing power to the competing vehicles electrics. This is to be placed within reach of the driver and co-driver whilst secured in vehicle. (The winch circuit is exempted).

5D2 External power sources/invertors are not allowed. during SSs.. However competitors are permitted to use silent inverters at the campsite.

5D3 A Dual battery system is Recommended for vehicles fitted with an electric winch.

5D4 Two (2) forward mounted spot lights Recommended in case of Night SS.

5D5 It is Compulsory for Vehicle to have working lights, indicators, wipers and horn.

5E. Winch Same Rules Apply Regardless of Plasma or Steel Cable to Keep Scoring Fair

5E1 It is Compulsory Vehicle shall be fitted with a front recovery winch. (minimum 8000 lb rated capacity). A Rear Winch is Recommended.

5E2 Winches shall be fitted with an operational brake.

5E3 Winch cables shall be of high tensile steel compatible to the winch rating. Mild steel cables with a hemp center are not allowed.

5E4. Synthetic Rope (Plasma or Dyneema) is allowed but it is the owners responsibility that the synthetic rope is rated the same or higher than the standard cable used on the winches.

5E5 Winch Cable or Synthetic Rope must be in a serviceable condition.

5E6 Winch Hooks must have a working safety catch (no open hooks).

5E7 Winch Cables must have professionally swaged loops or ferrules. Synthetic Ropes must be spliced with a minimum length of 300mm.

5E8. A Winch Cable or Synthetic Rope is allowed to be wrapped or spooled onto horns on the winch bar at the finish of an SS. The protruding horns must not be pointy and be made of material with a minimum diameter of 15mm and have a radius of 50mm. The length and distance apart is optional.

5E9 A Winch Line Dampener (Blanket or equivalent) must be used for Cable or Synthetic Rope during winching. Winch Dampener can not be permanently fixed to the rope.

5E10 The Winch Line Dampener is to be placed in the centre third of the winch cable or Synthetic Rope.

5E11 The Winch Line Dampener cannot be rolled up but must be hung over the cable or Synthetic Rope. Rope at the start of the first winching during an SS.

5E12 Winch Cables may be joined using the following methods:

I) An Overlap of the cables of minimum 100cc with the use of at least 4 Cable Clips spaced equally. The ends of the cables must be securely taped down so as not to have any of the cable strands exposed.

II) A Parallel Line Splicing of minimum 100cm of the cable. The ends of the cables must be securely taped down so as not to have any of the cable strands exposed.

III) This joint must be approved by a Competition Official or Scrutineer of the event before any use in winching during the event. Competitors will not be allowed to start an SS without this approval.

5E13 Synthetic Ropes may be joined with the following methods:

I) A Parallel Line Splicing of minimum 100cm of the synthetic rope. The ends of the rope must be securely taped down so as not to have any of the rope strands exposed.

II) This joint must be approved by a Competition Official or Scrutineeer of the event before any use in winching during the event. Competitors will not be allowed to start an SS without this approval.

5E14 Knots of any type or design are not allowed for the Joining of Cables or Synthetic Ropes.

5E15 It is recommended that Winch Spares be carried for the type of winch used (PTO/Electric) as this event is a winching challenge and most special stages and Transport Stages will require winching. A Vehicle with a non working winch is liable for exclusion from Special Stages and Scoring Transport Stages such as the Twilight Zone

6. General Rules

6.1 The event is open to all road registered 4 wheel drive vehicles, providing the vehicle currently or previously has been sold to the general public by the manufacturer. Prototype vehicles are not allowed.

6.2 Unusual or extraordinary 4 wheel drive vehicles can be considered for entry. Any vehicle failing to comply with any of the rules and regulations contained in this event guide is required to apply for an exemption in writing to the Event Director, stating the regulations that the vehicle fails to comply with. Each request will be considered on its merit.

An exemption will only be granted when the Event Director is satisfied that the vehicle has no unfair advantage over other competing vehicles and no safety aspects have been ignored. Failure to apply for an exemption may exclude the participant from starting the event.

6.3. SS Manager will be in charge of any recovery operations during special stages by either controlling the recovery personally or by nominating an official as the Recovery Leader. In the interest of safety all competitors must abide by the Recovery Leaders instructions. Only one Recovery Leader will be
nominated for any situation.

7. Environment

These rules have been included to ensure we all participate in a world class event that is at the forefront of environment conservation, by abiding with globally accepted environmental practices when travelling through and camping on public land. Penalty points will be imposed on entrants for breach of any environment rules stated herein.

7.1. Campsites, assembly, holding and work areas, are to be left clean. Take all of your own rubbish, and maybe that of other peoples. Do not bury any rubbish. Each Team is required to carry at least one large garbage bag each per day of the event.

7.2 Toilets are not available, ensure you dig a hole and bury night soil at least 100 meters away from Camp sites and watercourses. Failure to comply with this requirement, will be immediate disqualification from the event.

7.3 Failure to use a tree protector during winching operations may result in a DNS being recorded for the SS.

7.4 When driving on the beach, ensure that you keep to the marked tracks and dont drive over or damage vegetated sand dunes. When in the jungle do not cut down or damage standing trees or plants. Ensure you drive on the marked tracks and if you encounter fallen trees etc, that block the track, rather than trying to drive around them, remove them off the track.

8. Advertising

Competitors are allowed to fix any kind of advertising to their vehicles provided that:-

8.1 Prior written permission is addressed to the organizer.

8.2 It is not offensive.

8.3 It does not encroach into areas reserved for event sponsors, competition numbers and event labels.

8.4 Failure to put on main event sponsors and putting other sponsors stickers will result in a penalty imposed by the Competition Committee.

9. Regulations for Special Stages (SS)

a) The Driver of the Vehicle must start the Clock when the vehicle is parked securely with all 4 wheels in starting box, and the Driver must also Stop the Clock after parking the vehicle securely with all 4 Wheels in the Finish Box. Clocks started or stopped by Co Driver while vehicle is in motion will be awarded a DNF
b) The Co-Driver must be in the Vehicle Wearing Seat Belts at the Start of the SS Timing and at the End of the SS Timing. Clocks started or stopped while the Co-Driver is not secure in his seat will be awarded a DNF. There will be a parallel timing done by the Marshal in charge of the SS and in the event of any debit or error on the part of the Driver is starting or stopping the clock the timing taken by the SS Marshal shall be taken as the final timing of the SS
c) The Co-Driver will be restricted to the demarcated SS area (Outer Boundary) and will be awarded a DNF otherwise.
d) Only the equipment carried in the vehicle can be used to complete the SS and such equipment must be in the vehicle at the completion of Timing.
e) Two Wheels must be within the demarcation of the SS , and tampering or holding of marker is a) NOT allowed by Co-Driver to avert wheels going out of the demarcated SS.
f) All competition Scoring penalties will apply within this controlled area except for rules that are subject to disqualification.
g) A Special Stage is awarded with Maximum 100 points, and the event will have multiple SS. The Twilight Zone Transport Stage will be considered as two Special Stages and a Maximum of 200 points will be awarded for successful completion.
h) DNF Score Value will be determined as per scale given considering the number of vehicles starting the event.
i) Starting order for the groups of SSs will be by ballot or by accumulation of scores obtained, this will decided by the Competition Committee with prior notice to the competitors.

9 A. Checking in and Checking out procedure for SS

In order to have SS completed on time and to ensure a smooth flow to allow daylight conditions to all, competitors must present themselves and their Competing vehicles at the SS Starting Box at the prescribed time and location of the SS. Failure to do so will result in a Did Not Start (DNS)

After Checking in at the SS,Competitors who unable to start on their assigned Starting Orders of the SS due to mechanical failure and can request a maximum of 30 min recess times This will be allowed with a penalty of (10 points). After the 30 minute recess time if the Competitor is unable to start the SS once called upon to do so it will result in a DNS

The Competitor Must check in as per the Starting Order of the first SS assigned for the day and must check in to the next SS within 15 min of completion of the previous SS. Check in and Check out time will be recorded at each SS and the time will be calculated as per the marking on the score book. (DNS)

It is the competitors responsibility to ensure the correct times are entered on their scorebook and report to the next SS, with the scorebook, regardless of the vehicle being present.

9.1 Driver and Co-Driver are the only persons allowed in the competing vehicle during an SS. The driver must have a current Drivers License issued by any motor authority that is recognized under the Motor Traffic Act in their country of origin.

9.2 Driver and co-driver must wear a certified Malaysian Standard crash helmet (SIRIM approved), or its international standard equivalent while in a moving vehicle during an SS.

9.4 Driver and co-driver combination will remain the same for the entire event, alternating between driver and co-driver for any particular SS is allowed.

9.5 Driver and co-driver must be seated and secured in the vehicle with the Four Point Seat Belt Harness tightened to about 90%. The most forward part of vehicle aligned with the start pegs of the Start Box before the start of an SS. All recovery equipment to be securely stored at start and finish of each SS.

9.6 Timing of the SS will cease when the vehicle has come to a COMPLETE stop in the Finish Box
(entry into finish box is to be forward unless directed otherwise) with co-driver secured with the 4-point seat belt. Competitors shall not move from the finish box until directed by the SS Marshal.

9.7 Competitors must start in their respective ballot or designated order, unless the Competition Manager grants prior permission for a change in the running order. Any vehicle not ready to start at the time the previous vehicle leaves the start shall be deemed a non-starter and a DNS recorded.

9.8 Special Stages can be marked by pegs, bunting or stated as a formed track. If the Marshal walk the track with the competitors and described the route that has to be followed no competitor shall be permitted to deviate from the same.

9.9 Competitors when directed by a SS Marshal or Official must immediately remove themselves and their vehicle from the course.

9.12 No alcohol or recreational drugs are to be consumed prior to or during the running of SS. Random alcohol or drug testing may be carried out on drivers or co-drivers at any time throughout the competition. Event disqualification for a positive reading.

9.13 The Competition Manager with the approval from the Event Director, reserves the right to modify or add Supplementary Rules and Regulations (SR&R), and decide on matters not specifically covered in the RFC Rules and Regulations and allocate the penalty points at his discretion provided however that no penalties shall be imposed or rules changed retrospectively and no rules shall be amended without prior notice to all competitors.

9.14 Stage awards will be calculated on highest points scored. Penalties will be deducted for infringements.

9.15 Team SS: The Competition Committee will choose how and who the Teams will be made up of. Team SS points will not go to individual Team Scores.

10. Special Stage (SS) Penalties

10A. Winching Penalty -10 Points No Warning Will Be Given
a) No Tree Protector (or non use of mandatory Anchor) (10.15)
b) No Gloves Handling Winch Rope (10.16)
c) Standing Between the Vehicle & anchor when Cable under tension (10.18)
d) No Cable Dampener / or improper placement of Dampener (10.19)
e) Crossing over / Handling a tensioned Winch Cable during Winching (10.20)
f) Driving over the Cable (10.21)
g) Dragging the cable on Track while driving. (10.22)
h) Carrying Cable inside the vehicle Cable has to be spooled in the winch drum or on the bumper the respective winch is fitted on. (10.23)
i) Recovery Equipment falling off the vehicle /Insecure Recovery Equipment (10.24)

10B Driver /Co Driver Penalty -10 points debit each (Penalties to be imposed after the giving of one warning by the Marshal)
a) Excessive Acceleration on Obstacles without resorting to recovery (10.11)
b) Failure to stop when signalled to stop by a marshal
c) Unsafe Driving/Recovery Drive with broken equipment that can cause an accident. (10.17)
d) Unsafe Rigging or Action Causing Risk to Competitor By Standers / Marshalls / Spectators (10.14)
e) Use of Snatch Strap for winching

10C. Safety Penalty 10 points Debit each No Warning Will Be Given
a) Not Wearing Seat Belts Non Secure Seat Belt (10.12)
b) Not Wearing Helmet – Non Secured Helmet (10.12)
c) Riding outside the Vehicle (10.13)
d) Driving with Door Open
e) Not wearing Shoes, Shirt or Shorts.

10D.. General Rules Disqualification (to be imposed after the giving of one warning by the Marshal)

a) Verbal Abuse to Marshals / Arguing with marshals (10.5)
b) Seek Favour, Influence Interfere with marshals duties (10.4)
c) Tempering with other competitor vehicle.(10.6)
d) No Alcohol or Narcotic Drugs may be used during the Stages. (10.3)-
e) Receiving outside assistance during an SS Including receiving instructions (10.7)
f) Driving Off the Trail/ Tempering with Demarcation More than Wheels off the course (10.8) g) Littering the Trail

RFC SS SCORE SHEET SAMPLE
Competitor No 100 ENSURE NUMBER IS CORRECT
Competitor Name: PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME CLEARLY
Date
Check In Time No Tree Protector

-10

SS Time No Gloves Handling Wich Cable

-10

Check Out Time Between the Vehicle & anchor

-10

No Cable Dampener / Improper Placing

-10

DNF Crossing / Handling tensioned Cable

-10

DNS Driving over the Cable

-10

Dragging the cable

-10

Non Use of Ground Anchor Mandatory use

DNF

Carrying Cable inside the vehicle

-10

Use of Forbidden Anchor

DNF

Recovery Equipment falling

-10

Driving Off the SS (2 Wheels Out)

DNF

Verbal Abuse to Marshals (1 x W)

DQF

Warning = W
Seek Favour, Influence (1 x W)

DQF

Excessive Acceleration (1 x W)

-10

Tempering with other competitor (1 x W)

DQF

Failure to stop when signalled (1 x W)

-10

Alcohol or Narcotic Drugs

DQF

Unsafe Driving/Recovery (1 x W)

-10

Receiving outside assistance (1 x W)

DQF

Unsafe Rigging (1 x W)

-10

Littering the Trail (1 x W)

DQF

Snatch Strap for winching (1 x W)

-10

Extreme Danger Marker

-30

Non Secure Seat Belt

-10

Marker Peg x 1

-10

Non Secured Helmet

-10

Recess Time 30 Min Penalty

-10

Riding outside the Vehicle

-10

Driving with Door Open

-10

Not wearing Shoes, Shirt or Shorts

-10

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11. Scoring

11A Teams that DNF and pass the SS marker will receive progressive DNF points up to a maximum of 20 points. If Total Entries Exceed 35 Nos The DNF Will be set at 10 POINTS.

11B Teams that complete the SS will be allocated points in order of merit from fastest to slowest as follows: -

11C Timing will be scored to the 10th of a second.

11D If 2 or more competitors finish an SS with the same elapsed time, they shall be awarded equal points and placing in the SS. The competitor with the next fastest time shall be placed according to there own finishing positioning in that SS. The placing left vacant due to the tie will not be allocated.

11E In case of a tied score in Major Awards, the winner will be decided by a count back. The winner being the one with the least amount of penalties incurred. If this fails to break the tie, then both will be tied as winners in their placing.

11 F Demarcated Tree Anchor 1 Tape and Tree protector to be placed under the Marker.

11 G. Some SS will be marked as MANDATORY USE OF GROUND ANCHOR only

11 H. Forbidden Tree Anchor 4 Tape Marking and DNF if used as winch anchor.

11 I. Breaking of Extreme Danger Warning Signs and Multiple Caution Course Boundary markers or Tapes. (30 points)

11.J No truck or Course Boundary peg shall be struck by vehicle, participant or equipment Including Winch Rope such that it falls to the ground or breaks. No track or Course Boundary marker tape shall be broken . (10 points)

12. Protest

12.1. Protests by a competitor must be and handed to the Event Director or Competition Manager within 2 hours of receiving the scores for the particular SS. All protests must be submitted with RM500.00 (Ringgit Malaysia) which shall be forfeited if the protest is dismissed.

12.2 The competition Sub-committee will be headed by the Competition Manager or Course Master or Chief Scout under direction of the Event Director. Members of the Event Committee including a representative from MAM shall be required to judge on any formal protest and must have a 2/3rd majority for the protest to be upheld. However, in the interest of the overall good of the event, the final say rests with the Event Director after hearing all the views.

12.3 A selected representative from the event competitors will be allowed to sit in on the protest proceedings if desired.

13. Prohibited Behaviour/Breakdown Assistance

13.1 No competitor shall seek favour from, influence, manipulate, obstruct or interfere with the duties of any member of the Competition Committee. Any competitor found doing so will be immediately disqualified.

13.2 No competitor will interfere or tamper with any other competitors vehicle. Any competitor found doing so will be immediately disqualified.

13.3 In the event of a vehicle breakdown or disability, the event organizer will assist in getting the vehicle to the nearest accessible track whereupon its the competitors responsibility to arrange the necessary repairs and to rejoin the event. If the repairs are not possible, they shall be deemed as non-finisher.

13.4 No other assistance shall be expected from the organizer. Participants are expected to be self-reliance during the event

14. Sportsmanship

The goal of Rainforest Challenge is to promote a respectable adventure sports and promotes sponsoring companies in a professional light.

During the event proper sportsmanship is required.

If a competitor or team member (including support crew) promotes unsportsmanlike conduct, is rude or abusive to officials, landowners, fellow competitors, local authorities, sponsors, destroys property, displays drunken or disrespectful behaviour they and, or the entire team may be disqualified from the current event or future events.

15. Media Crisis Management

Preface :
The media has a right to report news that they see fit. It is important that anything we do reflects positively on our chosen recreation of off road activities and ensures we are viewed as a responsible organisation.

Potential adverse media or public interest generated by an incident at the event, which could threaten the reputation of the event or organisation in the future.

An incident is defined :
As a situation caused by a direct result of event activities.
Affects the safety of any person engaged in event activities.
A situation, which exposes any deficiency in safety or environment protection procedures.

General Procedures
It is the Event Directors aim to ensure a safe and incident free event. However with any type of motor sport there is an element of danger and unplanned incidents are not unusual. Any incident has the potential to become a media crisis e.g.:- Personal injury, vehicle accident or environmental concerns. Competitors are advised to leave all media questions to the Event Director. After he has been briefed on all aspects of the crisis the Event Director will issue a statement on the incident and focus attention on the positive steps being taken to resolve the incident.

16. Rights of Organiser

16.1 The Organiser can refuse any entry, without giving any reason whatsoever.

16.2 The Organiser can abandon, cancel, postpone or shorten the event without due notice in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. No claims whatsoever of any kind shall be entertained due to the abandoning, cancelling, postponement or shortening of the event.

16.3 Exclude any person or vehicle, which fails to meet the event guidelines as set out in the Event Guide.

16.4 The Organiser can cancel any SS at any time including when some competitors have already ompleted the section for any reason whatsoever.

16.5 In the event of a breakdown or disabled vehicle, the event organizers will assist in getting the vehicle, where possible to a main road or track whereupon it is the competitors responsibility to arrange the necessary repairs and to rejoin the event. If repairs are not possible, they shall be deemed a non finisher. No other assistance shall be expected from the organizers, remembering that participants are expected to be self-sufficient during the event.

16.6 The Organiser can Disqualify any competitor who fails to abide by any rules set out in this event guide and any supplementary amendments or any instructions from the event officials. If this occurs there will be no refund of entry fee.

17. Indemnity

17.1 The Organizer (Future Oracle Sdn Bhd), its Founder/Event Dirrector, Officials, Event Sponsors, Land Owners, Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) and anyone appointed by the organizer will not be held liable in any accident, causing injury or damage to the participants or their vehicles during the course of the event, including loss of personal belongings.

17.2 The Organizer (Future Oracle Sdn Bhd), its Founder/Event Director, Officials, Event Sponsors, Land Owners, Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) and anyone appointed by the organizer will not be held liable for any breach of any laws or regulations. The participants will be entirely responsible for any accidents or breach of laws in which liability may arise and shall indemnify the Organizer (Future Oracle Sdn Bhd), its Founder/Event Director, Officials, Event Sponsors, Land Owners and anyone appointed by the Organizer by signing the indemnity form.

17.3 Participants will have no claim whatsoever against the organizers or sponsors of the event. It is the participants own responsibility to have in force, a valid insurance coverage against third party liability.
All event officials are covered by personal accident insurance for the duration of the event. This policy covers death and permanent disability, medical expenses up to RM50,000 (subject to terms and conditions).
The event is covered by MAMs Public Liability Insurance.
All participants are advised to take own additional insurance coverage for mishaps or illness for pre and post event days.
17.4 Participants must agree to and sign an indemnity form before the start of the event. Failure to do so renders the participant ineligible to start with no refund of the entry fee.



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